Although his season is over, the accolades keep coming in for 49ers three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker Patrick Willis.
A panel of 636 players, coaches and team executives voted on the selections and after Willis’ amazing season, he was an easy choice for the sole inside linebacker position.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson took home NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors earlier in the week, and was also named Sporting News’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Woodson won with 241 first-place votes from the 583 players who were polled. New Orleans Saints safety Darren Shaper came in second with 113 votes.
SPORTING NEWS’ ALL-PRO DEFFENSE
DE Jared Allen, Vikings: Second player with at least 14 1/2 sacks in three consecutive seasons.
DT Darnell Dockett, Cardinals: His 7 sacks tied for first among defensive tackles.
DT Kevin Williams, Vikings: Produced 6 sacks while also anchoring the NFL’s No. 2 run defense.
DE Dwight Freeney, Colts: Sack total of 13 1/2 was most since ’04.
OLB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos: Led league with 17 sacks in ’09 after recording only 5 in ’08.
ILB Patrick Willis, 49ers: One of three players to record at least 4 sacks and 3 interceptions.
OLB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: Fourth consecutive season with 11 or more sacks.
CB Darrelle Revis, Jets: Shut down top receivers; tallied 6 interceptions while allowing only 2 TDs.
CB Charles Woodson, Packers: Tied for league lead with 9 interceptions; also had 4 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and 3 TDs.
S Darren Sharper, Saints: Racked up NFL-record 376 yards off 9 interception returns.
S Brian Dawkins, Broncos: Raised Broncos’ pass defense to No. 3 in NFL; was 26th in ’08.
P Shane Lechler, Raiders: 51.1 yards per punt set NFL record.
PR DeSean Jackson, Eagles: Averaged league-high 15.2 yards per return.
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